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Israel Light Vehicles Sales at best ever Q1 with a double-digit up.

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Israel Light Vehicles Sales at best ever Q1 with a double-digit up. A roaring performance posted in March gave to Hyundai & Kia the first two places. Fastest growing brand were Seat, Subaru and BMW.

Country Outlook

GDP growth for Q4 2014 came in at 6.8% according to more detailed data, which is a downward revision from the previous estimate of 7.2%. Nevertheless, the increase marked a significant improvement over the previous quarter’s weak growth of just 0.2%. More recent data, however, point to a deceleration of the economy at the outset of the year.

In February, the Bank of Israel Composite State of the Economy Index deteriorated and exports recorded the deepest contraction in four months. In the political sphere, the right-wing Likud party led by incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came in first in the 17 March snap elections, winning 30 seats in the next Parliament.

After being officially designated as PM, Netanyahu has until the first weeks of May to negotiate with the other parties to form a coalition.

Market Outlook

In March 2015 according to data released by the Israeli Department of Transportation System total new Light Passenger Vehicles sold in Israel have been 24.540, up 2.3%% compared with the correspondent month last year. A low but steady growth, the 11th out of the last 15 months confirming a great momentum lived by this market.

The first quarter 2015 sales had been 80.014, +10.2%, a wonderful performance that follows the all-time record posted in the last year with full year 2015 foreseen at 260.000.

Competitive Arena

Following the excellent Toyota start of the year and the leadership in the first two months, Koreans Kia nd Hyundai had been very aggressive in March and passed on top. Kia took the March leadership with 3.262 (+33.7%) with quarterly sales at 8.980 and ranking in second place.

Hyundai was second in March with 3.114 units (-13.9%), enough to end the quarter in first place with cumulative 10.149 sales (+9.6%) and 12.7% of market share. Toyota was third in March and in the quarter respectively with 2.876 and 8.728 sales.

The quarter was very positive for Seat (9th with 3.231 sales, +85.5%), Subaru (12th with 2.316 units, +62.6%) and BMW (21st with 941 units, +71.1%).

As far as the ranking by group, the March leader was Hyundai-Kia with 26.0% of market share, ahead of Toyota with 12.2% and Volkswagen Group with 11.9%.

As far as best-selling models, the Toyota Corolla was again n top (for the 19th consecutive time) with 1.410 units (+2.2%), followed by the Kia Picanto with 1.408 units (+29.5%) and Kia Sportage with 835 (+243%%).

Below, you can sort our interactive tables to see data regarding Brands, Groups and Models. Please bear in mind that sales data are subject to adjustments as sources will update their information. This report is updated at the publishing date and will not be modified while the next on this subject will always have the year to date data updated.

Rank Mar Rank Q1 Brand Sales Mar Sales Q1 Var Mar Var Q1 Share Mar Share Q1
1 2 Kia 3.262 8.980 33,7% 27,4% 13,3% 11,2%
2 1 Hyundai 3.114 10.149 -13,9% 9,6% 12,7% 12,7%
3 3 Toyota 2.876 8.728 6,5% 8,1% 11,7% 10,9%
4 7 Suzuki 1.582 4.363 16,8% 4,7% 6,4% 5,5%
5 4 Mazda 1.503 7.060 -5,5% 18,2% 6,1% 8,8%
6 8 Nissan 1.421 3.619 31,3% 14,6% 5,8% 4,5%
7 5 Mitsubishi 1.307 5.289 28,5% 39,4% 5,3% 6,6%
8 6 Skoda 1.176 4.574 -17,2% 9,9% 4,8% 5,7%
9 9 Seat 1.093 3.231 87,5% 85,5% 4,5% 4,0%
10 11 Renault 966 2.397 52,8% 14,1% 3,9% 3,0%
11 12 Subaru 774 2.316 112,6% 62,6% 3,2% 2,9%
12 10 Chevrolet 725 2.418 -34,9% -38,3% 3,0% 3,0%
13 13 Honda 681 2.123 -24,6% -22,2% 2,8% 2,7%
14 14 Opel 541 1.793 7,1% 21,4% 2,2% 2,2%
15 16 Citroen 504 1.700 -2,5% 20,1% 2,1% 2,1%
16 17 Fiat 462 1.478 -27,2% 11,4% 1,9% 1,8%
17 15 Volkswagen 400 1.704 -40,9% -12,3% 1,6% 2,1%
18 21 BMW 302 941 75,6% 71,1% 1,2% 1,2%
19 19 Peugeot 266 1.193 -18,2% 1,1% 1,1% 1,5%
20 20 Mercedes 247 988 49,7% 42,8% 1,0% 1,2%
21 18 Audi 244 1.332 -16,7% 17,4% 1,0% 1,7%
22 23 Dacia 208 627 0,8% 0,8%
23 22 Ford 167 737 -86,4% -77,5% 0,7% 0,9%
24 24 Isuzu 142 412 40,6% 0,2% 0,6% 0,5%
25 25 Lexus 116 373 14,9% 8,7% 0,5% 0,5%
26 26 Volvo 93 313 -9,7% 19,9% 0,4% 0,4%
27 28 Mini 71 217 343,8% 146,6% 0,3% 0,3%
28 27 Jeep 60 234 0,0% 1,7% 0,2% 0,3%
29 30 Alfa Romeo 58 145 -14,7% -9,4% 0,2% 0,2%
30 29 Infiniti 50 154 4900,0% 275,6% 0,2% 0,2%
31 31 Cadillac 44 122 69,2% -6,2% 0,2% 0,2%
32 33 SsangYong 24 64 -70,0% -49,6% 0,1% 0,1%
33 32 MG 21 79 0,1% 0,1%
34 34 Land Rover 17 42 -39,3% -17,6% 0,1% 0,1%
35 36 Chrysler 10 28 -33,3% -49,1% 0,0% 0,0%
36 37 Jaguar 6 18 -25,0% -10,0% 0,0% 0,0%
37 35 Abarth 4 40 33,3% 150,0% 0,0% 0,0%
38 39 Porsche 2 12 -50,0% -20,0% 0,0% 0,0%
39 40 Dodge 1 4 -90,9% -85,2% 0,0% 0,0%
Rank Mar Rank Q1 Group Sales Mar Sales Q1 Var Mar Var Q1 Share Mar Share Q1
1 1 Hyundai-Kia 6.376 19.129 5,3% 17,3% 26,0% 23,9%
2 3 Toyota 2.992 9.101 6,8% 8,1% 12,2% 11,4%
3 2 Volkswagen 2.915 10.853 -2,1% 20,6% 11,9% 13,6%
4 5 Renault-Nissan 2.645 6.797 54,2% 28,3% 10,8% 8,5%
5 7 Suzuki 1.582 4.363 16,8% 4,7% 6,4% 5,5%
6 4 Mazda 1.503 7.060 -5,5% 18,2% 6,1% 8,8%
7 8 GM 1.310 4.333 -20,4% -21,9% 5,3% 5,4%
8 6 Mitsubishi 1.307 5.289 28,5% 39,4% 5,3% 6,6%
9 10 Fuji Heavy Industries 774 2.316 112,6% 62,6% 3,2% 2,9%
10 9 PSA 770 2.893 -8,6% 11,5% 3,1% 3,6%
Rank Mar Rank Q1 Model Sales Mar Sales Q1 Var Mar Var Q1 Share Mar Share Q1
1 1 Toyota Corolla 1.410 4.028 2,2% -11,0% 5,7% 5,03%
2 2 Kia Picanto 1.408 4.012 29,5% 35,1% 5,7% 5,01%
3 9 Kia Sportage 835 2.139 243,6% 180,7% 3,4% 2,67%
4 4 Hyundai i35 816 2.548 466,7% 185,3% 3,3% 3,18%
5 8 Seat Ibiza 731 2.260 126,3% 133,0% 3,0% 2,82%
6 28 Suzuki SX4 693 781 -10,8% -67,2% 2,8% 0,98%
7 3 Mazda3 sedan 682 2.970 -24,4% 3,7% 2,8% 3,71%
8 13 Nissan Micra 658 1.442 25,8% 0,6% 2,7% 1,80%
9 6 Skoda Octavia 642 2.498 -5,2% 19,2% 2,6% 3,12%
10 5 Hyundai i10 557 2.510 32,0% 213,8% 2,3% 3,14%
11 17 Hyundai ix35 534 1.212 -29,8% -6,6% 2,2% 1,51%
12 12 Mitsubishi Outlander 524 1.523 94,8% 67,9% 2,1% 1,90%
13 14 Toyota Yaris 448 1.392 22,4% 45,9% 1,8% 1,74%
14 11 Hyundai i25 434 1.703 -28,0% -0,5% 1,8% 2,13%
15 18 Honda Civic sedan 429 1.200 30,4% 13,1% 1,7% 1,50%
16 22 Mitsubishi Space Star 428 1.082 11,2% -27,6% 1,7% 1,35%
17 33 Nissan Juke 419 674 90,5% -17,7% 1,7% 0,84%
18 23 Subaru Impreza 373 1.017 51,6% -6,4% 1,5% 1,27%
19 19 Toyota Auris 336 1.181 118,2% 150,7% 1,4% 1,48%
20 29 Kia Cee’d 332 764 138,8% 58,5% 1,4% 0,95%
21 25 Renault Fluence 327 946 1,6% -5,4% 1,3% 1,18%
22 24 Kia Rio 307 988 -41,4% -35,7% 1,3% 1,23%
23 45 Hyundai i20 294 430 -60,2% -77,2% 1,2% 0,54%
23 34 Renault Clio 294 650 149,2% 26,2% 1,2% 0,81%
24 10 Mazda2 292 2.059 65,9% 128,8% 1,2% 2,57%
25 16 Hyundai i30 290 1.245 -62,0% -40,8% 1,2% 1,56%
26 35 Seat Leon 237 619 211,8% 63,3% 1,0% 0,77%
27 15 Mazda CX-5 235 1.284 -13,9% 0,4% 1,0% 1,60%
28 20 Suzuki Alto 232 1.164 -25,4% 19,3% 0,9% 1,45%
28 38 Kia Forte 232 597 -29,3% -33,1% 0,9% 0,75%
29 7 Mitsubishi Attrage 222 2.286 0,9% 133,7% 0,9% 2,86%
30 30 Opel Astra sedan 209 755 -45,1% -20,2% 0,9% 0,94%
31 42 Mazda6 207 557 21,8% -24,2% 0,8% 0,70%
32 21 Suzuki SX4 Crossover 191 1.092 1772,5% 10605,9% 0,8% 1,36%
32 26 Skoda Rapid 191 899 -5,0% 35,6% 0,8% 1,12%
33 27 Subaru XV 184 791 142,1% 262,8% 0,7% 0,99%
34 32 Volkswagen Jetta 181 691 23,1% 78,6% 0,7% 0,86%
35 41 Opel Corsa 180 578 210,3% 62,8% 0,7% 0,72%
35 44 Chevrolet Trax 180 486 -16,7% -42,7% 0,7% 0,61%
36 40 Fiat 500 173 580 -49,7% -14,5% 0,7% 0,72%
37 36 Toyota Verso 171 605 50,0% 104,4% 0,7% 0,76%
38 31 Nissan Qashqai 163 722 -29,1% -1,4% 0,7% 0,90%
39 53 Suzuki Swift 162 370 33,9% 20,5% 0,7% 0,46%
40 62 Toyota RAV4 160 302 55,3% 6,0% 0,7% 0,38%

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